The Bridge of Sighs

The enclosed bridge is made of white limestone, has windows with stone bars, passes over the Rio di Palazzo, and connects the New Prison (Prigioni Nuove) to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace. As the number of prisoners grew, the prison was expanded to a building across the canal named the New Prison, and the Bridge of Sighs was constructed to shuttle passengers directly from their trial into their cells. According to legend, the name of the bridge comes from the sighs of prisoners who crossed the bridge on the way to their prison cells or the execution chamber, catching their last glimpses of Venice through the tiny windows. 🇮🇹
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If we don't go, this city will disappear. 🛶Venice, the capital of the Veneto region in northern Italy. It is known as the "City of Water", "City of Canals", "City of a Hundred Islands", "Queen of the Adriatic", "City of Light", "City of Bridges" and other beautiful names. Here, there is one of the most beautiful squares in the world, "St. Mark's Square", the Phoenix Opera House that rose from the ashes, the beautiful Grand Canal, the sighing bridge described by Xu Zhimo, breathtaking arcades, and some of the most beautiful scenes in master Antoniooni's films were shot here. It's not an exaggeration to say that Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Wherever you go, you'll be amazed by the pure beauty of the city's architecture and exquisite art. It's as if the city has a life of its own, growing naturally rather than being built. Take a ride on the Venetian people's traditional transportation, the gondola, and slowly sway through the city's long and narrow waterways. It's incredibly relaxing. 🌈Venice attractions: 🌏St. Mark's Square: also known as the Venice Central Square, has always been the public activity center for politics, religion, and traditional festivals in Venice. 🌍St. Mark's Basilica: It is the resting place of St. Mark. It was once the largest church in medieval Europe and a classic work of Venetian architecture, as well as a treasure trove of rich art collections. The church follows the Byzantine style of architecture, with a Greek cross shape and five hemispherical domes. The most famous feature of the church is its golden mosaic facade, and the interior is also famous for its golden altar and mosaic decorations. In the sunlight, the entire church shines brightly, hence it is also known as the "Golden Church". 🌍St. Mark's Campanile: standing tall in St. Mark's Square, it is the tallest building in Venice. This bell tower, made of red bricks and standing at 98.6 meters, was built in the late 15th century. It is not only the longitudinal axis of the city of Venice, but also the center of the spatial composition of the square's buildings. Standing here and looking down from the top, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Venice and the lagoon, and even have a distant view of the beautiful Alps. 🌍Rialto Bridge: also known as the Commercial Bridge, was built in 1180. Originally a wooden bridge, it was later converted into a suspension bridge. During a celebration in 1444, the bridge collapsed due to overload. From 1580 to 1592, it was rebuilt into the current stone bridge. There is a floating pavilion on the top of the bridge, and more than 20 jewelry stores and souvenir stalls on both sides, making it one of the most important commercial areas in Venice. It was once the commercial center of Europe for 300 years and served as the background for Shakespeare's famous play "The Merchant of Venice". 🌍Academy Bridge: Built in 1932, it is the second bridge on the Grand Canal of Venice after the Rialto Bridge. Located at the southernmost end of the Grand Canal, it is named after the Academy of Fine Arts to the northwest. This is a wooden single-arch bridge, and standing on the Academy Bridge, you can overlook the beautiful Church of Santa Maria della Salute. In recent years, with the rise of water levels, the old city of Venice has become increasingly precarious, and many people have abandoned it. Scientists predict that by 2100, Venice may be completely submerged and disappear from the ground.
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